New Silk Road Friends Association

New Silk Road Friends Association (NSRF), with the Chinese name 新 丝路 协 进 会, was formally registered in Lisbon on 21st December 2016.

NSRF brings together people from Portuguese and Chinese civil society, whose motivation is to promote Belt & Road Initiative in Portugal, and identify areas and projects of cooperation between Portugal and China in building up this initiative created by China but turned to the world.

To achieve it NSRF uses a think tank methodology oriented by the following objectives:


  1. Knowledge searching and promotion of important ideas and contributes for the building up of the vision of "One Belt, One Road and the New Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century”.

  2. Identification of areas and projects of cooperation between Portugal and China and with both with third markets particularly the Portuguese Speaking Countries.

  3. Involvement of Portuguese entities, namely academies, research centers, economic associations, entrepreneurs, cultural institutions, as well as civil society institutions and their Chinese counterparts in this initiative.

  4. Networking development, namely with other Belt & Road think tanks in China, Europe and Portuguese Speaking Countries.


University of Aveiro

The University of Aveiro (UA) is a public foundation under private law whose mission is to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research and cooperation with society.

It was founded in 1973 and paved the way in the creation of teaching offers in several knowledge fields. Today, UA is widely recognised as one of the most innovative universities in Portugal, for the quality of its teaching, its research and for its cooperation with regional and national business.


The UA’s mission is to create, share and apply knowledge, involving the whole community through teaching, research and cooperation with the surrounding environment, in order to make a clear difference for individuals and society.

This is a global project based on:

  • Innovative and lifelong learning, based on critical and independent thinking, which provides high quality education that is accessible to all

  • influential research in creative ventures that provide meaningful, local and global contributions to knowledge

  • cooperation with society

  • internationalisation linked to its diverse activities

  • an academic, welcoming and rewarding work environment for students, teachers, researchers and technical, administrative and management personnel

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Confucius Institute at the University of Aveiro

Inaugurated on April 23, 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Aveiro (CI-UA) has the following as its main objectives: to support and promote the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in Portugal by strengthening cooperation in the educational field between China and Portugal and to develop research activities within the scope of Sino-Portuguese relations. Thus, these aims contribute to improving mutual understanding and friendship between these two countries, which, while so distant geographically, are yet united by secular historical relations.

Since it was set up, the CI-UA has been responsible for teaching Mandarin to about 11600 students and has developed a broad plan of cultural and research activities: it has celebrated events as well as the main Chinese festivities; held exhibitions, conferences, musical concerts, dance, theater and martial arts shows and even a cinema show; published four books (another five publications are in press); provided cultural visits for students and teachers at the University of Aveiro; and created the CI-UA Friends Association. In recognition of all fine initiative, the CI-UA has received five awards: the Cultural Merit Award (2016), the Award for the most creative student in the11th Proficiency in Chinese Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students (2018), the Confucius Institute of the Year Award (2019), the Director of the Year Award (2020) and the Volunteer Teacher of Excellence Award (2020).

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FCT Foundation

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. FCT was founded in 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012, FCT has coordinated public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society Agency-UMIC. In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), (Foundation for National Scientific Computation). 

FCT’s vision is:

  • To establish Portugal as a global reference in science, technology and innovation;

  • To ensure that knowledge generated by scientific research is used fully for economic growth and the well-being of all citizens.



MHS Group

We are an advertising&design agency. We communicate brands, products, objects, among many other things we can imagine. How do we do it? It is a matter of trying us. Unique in the development of integrated projects, we work functions and emotions providing added value to the customer's expectations. Our market approach is innovation-driven.

We develop projects according to their specificities, with a flexible methodology. We have a specialized, multi-disciplinary team to suit each case. We are the right partner to those who believe in P.O.S as a place of credibility and quality. But also the new features from digital and interactivity technology. To those who know that interactivity between brands and consumers are strategic to a future of success and prestige.


To make up this process we work as a Lab, in which our multifunctional team, designers, architects, engineers are developing suitable solutions for each project.

We have office in Lisbon, Penacova, Macau and Curitiba, but we are integrate in a international platform with more 16 countries, where we have representatives.


One of the features of the Architecture department is construction/remodeling. We make each project of construction/remodeling suitable to fit the needs of the most demanding customers, always keeping the standards of excellence in conception and concept. We provide the best and most innovative solutions in the area of construction/remodeling. 



Jorge Álvares Foundation

Jorge Álvares (born late 15th century in Freixo Espada à Cinta)  was a Portuguese explorer. He is credited as being the first European to have reached China by sea (Delta do Rio das Pérolas) during the Age of Discovery thus initiating the Portuguese contacts between the two countries for more than five centuries.

In May 1513, Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain Rui de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu. The expedition was accompanied by five other junks and Álvares himself was accompanied by two other Portuguese mariners. Based on information from their captain, they hoped to find trade.

During his navigation he built a stone monument on the island of Lintin (called Tamão or Tamen by the Portuguese), the first Portuguese construction in China. 

Álvares later joined the venture of establishing the settlements in Tamão from around 1513 to 1514.

Following this visit, several trading posts were established in the province of Canton where, later, the famous warehouse of Macau was built.

He died on July 8, 1521 in Guangzhou or Canton (Tamão to the Portuguese) in Southern China.

The Jorge Álvares Foundation, founded on December 14 1999, is a private institution with corporate identity.

The main objectives of the foundation which bears his name are:

  • to engage in activities of a cultural, scientific, artistic and social nature; such activities are to be carried out, namely, within the framework of an inter-cultural dialogue, bearing in mind the specificity of Macao that results from a century-long Portuguese presence in that territory.


  • promote supportive actions to institutions established in Portugal that show dedication to the study and promotion of Macao.

  • to support the promotion of activities and initiatives linked to the diaspora of the people of Macau, fomenting a greater knowlwedge of Macao, its reality and future projection.